While the record-breaking movie narrates the cause of the famous RMS Titanic’s sinking to be an iceberg, some researchers now claim that this story might have been a hoax after all these years! According to a recently published report, the sinking of the Titanic may have been started by an uncontrollable fire on board, not hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic as we have been led to believe!
In April of 1912, more than 1,500 passengers lost their lives when the presumably unsinkable Titanic sank on its way to New York from Southampton. Fresh evidence now points towards a fire in the ship’s hull as being the cause of the sinking, which the researchers claim stayed lit and remained unnoticed for almost three weeks before the collision.
The fire theory has been floating around within the expert circles for quite some time now, but a groundbreaking analysis of rarely seen photographs has shifted the narrative to terming the fire as being one of the causes of making it the primary reason for the ship’s demise.
Journalist Senan Molony, who has dedicated more than 30 years of his life researching the sinking of the Titanic, had led this study based the conclusion on the photographs taken by the ship’s chief electrical engineers before the ship left Belfast shipyard on its final voyage. Maloney claims that he identified 30-foot-long black marks on the front right-hand side of the hull, which was just behind where the ship was pierced by the iceberg.
“We are looking at the exact area where the iceberg stuck, and we appear to have a weakness or damage to the hull in that specific place, before she even left Belfast”.
Other experts, after the discovery was made public, also agreed that the marks would likely to have been made by a fire that started in a three-storey high fuel store in one of the ship’s boiler rooms. There were also reports of a team of 12 men trying to put out the flames.
But it apparently was too large to control, reached the temperatures of over 1000 degrees Celsius, and subsequently made the portion of Titanic’s steel hull weak enough to be torn open upon impact with the iceberg.
Reportedly, officers on the ship, were strictly instructed by J Bruce Ismay, president of the company behind the Titanic, to not intimate anyone on the ship about the fire.
The research was presented in a Channel 4 documentary, Titanic: The New Evidence, which was broadcasted on New Year’s Day. Mr Maloney also claims that the ship was reversed into its berth when docked in Southampton so that the passengers could not see the damage made to the side by the ongoing fire.
Mr Molony said:
“The official Titanic inquiry branded [the sinking] as an act of God. This isn’t a simple story of colliding with an iceberg and sinking. It’s a perfect storm ox extraordinary factors coming together: fire, ice and criminal negligence.
“Nobody has investigated these marks before. It totally changes the narrative. We have metallurgy experts telling us that when you get that level of temperature against steel it makes it brittle, and reduces its strength by up to 75 per cent.”
“The fire was known about, but it was played down. She should never have been put to sea.”
All my life has been a lie!